If it’s one thing Newcastle players learned last season is never to give up and after being 3-1 down early in the second half, the lads fought back brilliantly to win this terrific game by 4-3.
Guts and glory for Newcastle tonight.
And with 3 teenagers starting this game in LuaLua, Kadar and Ranger, this was an early test of Newcastle’s paper thing squad kept together by a bunch of untested youngsters.
But it was Newcastle who took the lead on 35 minutes, and it was
Pilikington who gave the ball to Danny Guthrie 20 yards from goal and the 22 year-old put home a low, left-footed drive into the bottom corner to give the Magpies the lead.
But the lead lasted just 2 minutes and the first goal Newcastle have conceded at home this season as Theo Robinson raced through on goal before pushing the ball past an exposed Tim Krul.
And then amazingly just two minutes later Newcastle were behind and it was Theo Robinson hit the ball past Krul and then took off for what looked a dive that should have been yellow carded.
No, it was a penalty given by referee Bates, and then mist have had a spasm or something as he gave a yellow card to goalkeeper Krul. We guess the referring in the second division is also second class.
Robinson had earned the penalty by conning the ref, so it was obvious he had to take it, and the lad scored easily into the bottom corner for the net for his, and Huddersfield’s, second goal.
So it was 2-1 and within few minutes the game had been turned on its head and Hughton had to get the troops reset at half time.
But things got worse just 2 minutes into the second half and it was Jordan Rhodes who raced onto Peltier’s long punt into the penalty box – where was the defense?
He quickly rounded a stranded Tim Krul and swept a low shot into the unguarded net from the narrowest of angles for what was a classy finish.
3-1 down and is the night going to turn out a disaster?
One minute later Newcastle got one back and it was 18 year-old Nile Ranger who set up Geremi and the experience showed as with only goalkeeper Smithies to beat, the 100 times capped Cameroon International, brilliantly guided the ball low with his left foot into the bottom corner from 12 yards out.
A great goal from Newcastle when it was most needed.
But it wasn’t until 64 minutes that Newcastle got back on even terms,
and it’s that man Shola Ameobi again, as the local lad dispatched from the penalty spot for his 5th goal of the season, after he had been tripped in the penalty area by Andy Butler.
And would you believe it – on 83 minutes Newcastle got their 4th goal and it was from Danny Guthrie’s free-kick that Ameobi hit a header back across goal and it was Kevin Nolan – shown above after scoring – who hit home from close range for his second goal in as many games.
In extra time the much heralded Haris Vuckic came on to make his first team debut, as replacement for Shola Ameobi, in the first of four added minutes.
The lads won tonight, and they showed that when things go wrong, they have the guts, determination and spirit to come back, even with a weakened side.
And these are the very qualities that were lacking last season – but not this campaign – at least not so far.
And it was a sensible gamble that paid off for coach Chris Hughton, who has blooded a few of our youngsters tonight and still won the game, even though things didn’t look too good when the lads were 3-1 down early into the second half.
The spirit and fight that was again shown by this young Newcastle team has to be applauded, and they finally got the job done – but only just!
But a win is a win.
What a game!
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle United: Tim Krul, Ryan Taylor, Jose Enrique, Tamas Kadar, Danny Simpson, Geremi, Kevin Nolan, Nicky Butt (c), Danny Guthrie, Kazenga LuaLua, Nile Ranger
Subs: Steve Harper, Alan Smith, Jonas Gutierrez, Shola Ameobi, Ben Tozer, Ryan Donaldson, Haris Vuckic
Huddersfield Town: Alex Smithies, Lee Peltier, Joe Skarz, Michael Collins, Peter Clarke (c), Antony Kay, Theo Robinson, Jordan Rhodes, Andy Butler, Anthony Pilkington, Danny Drinkwater
Subs: Matt Glennon, Nathan Clarke, Robbie Williams, Robbie Simpson, Lee Novak, Lionel Ainsworth, James Berrett
Referee: Tony Bates